Maldives is becoming a nepotistic state: MP Shiyam

MP for Naifaru Ahmed Shiyam seen at a parliament committee meeting | Photo: Ahmed Saeed

Male’, Maldives – Vice President of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and member of Naifaru constituency, Ahmed Shiyam has said that Maldives is being run as a nepotistic state under the label of democracy by Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)

His remarks came after the appointment of Ahmed Naseem (Kerafa Naseem) as the new health minister. Kerafa Naseem has family ties to the Speaker of Parliament, Former President Mohamed Nasheed and also the first lady.

He also stated that this appointment by the president shows that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih would not prioritize youths for such positions in this administration and that MDP would bankrupt the country during their term. He added that a future for youths of Maldives would be there only when there is a country which can be passed on to the future generations.

While opposition and some coalition supporters have been criticizing Ahmed Naseem’s appointment as the health minister, MDP social media activists have started an online campaign backing up Minister Naseem. Minister Naseem was appointed as Health Minister after the former minister Abdulla Ameen resigned after public pressure regarding the ventilator corruption scandal.

Minister Ahmed Naseem joined the Government in 1966 and has served in several key positions, including as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. He had also previously held the portfolio of Minister of Foreign Affairs from March 21, 2011, to February 07, 2012 and prior to his new appointment, Ahmed Naseem was serving as a Minister of the President’s Office.